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Preparing exams, tests, worksheet and handouts take time and energy so you have to keep them well like a treasure. What I’ve been doing since I started teaching is keeping an archive. In the first two or three years of my career, archiving for me was putting everything in nice pinky files and putting them on nice shelves.

Next, I started to keep everything in floppy discs (why on earth I didn’t think of it at the beginning?) and the floppy discs in sweet boxes and the boxes in the drawers. Later, came the CDs. They were great because you could save hundreds of word files in each of them. Besides, very nice colourful boxes for these CDs were available. I remember myself painting a long long wooden cupboard (it’s in the attic now) for my precious CDs.

Then came the flash discs. They are very small and you can also wear them like a necklace. (There are even bracelet ones. I saw one last week:) ) You won’t believe but while everyone was preparing a food and first aid bag because of the earthquake tales, I was sleeping with my flash disc hung on my neck.

I wonder what will come next but I have to admit that I developed a new phobia and named it as ‘flashdiscmaniaphobia’. This phobia started after I dropped my laptop when my flash disc was plugged in and lost nearly thousands of my precious files. You know what, I sometimes miss my pinky files…

  1. Great subject, Merve. I totally understand your situation. Last week, I came across with an article about the effectiveness of Robot-Assisted Language Learning and thought that things from the past won’t come back. Even if we adore floppy discs, we have to move on and use usb/flash discs.

    I remember my teacher saying we got to concentrate on teaching. After some time, the technology will be the main goal not the tool in language teaching. That makes me think…hmm..

    Thanks for the post! I enjoyed reading it :-)

  2. Hi All,

    Click on my Dropbox invite.

    Sleep peacefully.

    Flash disks are not achives, they are for temporary storage. If you use my link, I will get more space on mine.


  3. Dear Osman,

    Thank you for your nice comment. When I see all the digital books, supplementary materials, online interactive lessons on the innternet, I am sometimes afraid of losing my job:) So it is good to hear your teacher’s comment. People still need teachers:)

  4. Hi Merve,

    It’s really a good idea to have a back-up to keep your files safe. I always store my important files in two separate storages. I have a 1 TB external disc and keep my files there. It isn’t pinky but really works.



  5. Hi Bülent,

    I think I should buy a second storage. It’s a pity they don’t make pink ones:)

  6. Hi Aisha,

    This is great! You know what? While I was writing this post, I was wondering if there was an online storage or not. I wish I had dreamt about something else. How could I know that my wish would become true?:))

    Anyways, thank you very much for your invitation. I became a member. What should I do now? Download it?

  7. * click on the Dropbox link in my comment to your post.
    * download it to your PC at home and at school (icon will show up at bottom right on both computers)
    * upload any file from your USB or PC

    It is beyond easy to do.

    If you are at an internet cafe or hotel anywhere in the world, you go to, log in and access or upload to your account.

    I share some files with my partners too, like exams handouts, etc. we can all work on it without mailing it back and forth. No more mailing it to yourself either.


  8. Great post, Merve!! I can associate with you and your lovely pinky filing system. I’m really sorry you lost your files. I know how devastating that is. I hope you will soon have a new system up and running.

    It happened to me when I lost all my favourite bookmarks that I’d been collecting for a long time. So I set up a wiki (wikis are supposed to be indestructible, as you can revert back to previous settings if you accidentally delete something), and now I feel a bit safer. I put all my latest web 2.0 experiments onto the wiki, which can be accessed wherever I am. (If you like, I can post a link to it later).

    The idea of Dropbox is very cool as well!